40th NW Filmmakers’ Fest: SHORTS I + OUR OPENING NIGHT PARTY

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Join us this Friday, November 8th for the Opening Night presentation of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival at our Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue).  As in past years, we’re kicking things off with an explosive collection of short films by makers from all around the Northwest region.

Here’s the lineup on tap for Friday night’s SHORTS I presentation:

AMERICAN LAWN
DIRECTOR: ROBERT SICKELS – (WALLA WALLA, WA)
(DOC) Some folks have very strong opinions about lawns.
12 Minutes

7246 120’ WE
DIRECTOR: JOHN WOODS – (VANCOUVER, BC)
(EXP) What are the odds that a roll of unexposed 16mm film would be found in an alley by someone like filmmaker Woods, who knew what to do with it?
2 Minutes

HEY VANCOUVER, THIS IS YOU ON CRAIGSLIST
DIRECTOR: LEWIS BENNETT – (VANCOUVER, BC)
(DOC) Vancouver, BC, residents read real Craigslist ads.
4 Minutes

IN TRANSIT
DIRECTOR: ADAM SEKULER – (SEATTLE)
(EXP) This dance piece captures a stark airport terminal concourse and its equal potential for 

exhilaration and trepidation.
6 Minutes

3RD DEGREE
DIRECTOR: SAL STROM – (TIGARD, OR)
(EXP) Strom continues her series of short films pairing found footage with stories she has collected from World War II veterans.
1 Minutes

SF HITCH
DIRECTOR: VANESSA RENWICK – (PORTLAND)
(DOC) Renwick reflects on a 1981 trip she took with her wolf dog to San Francisco “where even the bums were good-looking.”
5 Minutes

WILD BICHONS
DIRECTOR: STEFAN NADELMAN – (PORTLAND)
(ANI) A surreal encounter between man and Bichon ensues in the bucolic setting of a Pacific Northwest forest.
3 Minutes

DEER FATHER
DIRECTOR: ALEX BRINKMAN – (BELGRADE, MT)
(NAR) What do you do when the deer you just ran over turns out to be your late father?
10 Minutes

THE OWNER OF A SILVER HATCHBACK
DIRECTOR: ZACH WEINTRAUB – (OLYMPIA)
(DOC) Would the owners of a silver hatchback please move their car?
8 Minutes

NEMO
DIRECTOR: ADRIENNE LEVERETTE, ROB TYLER – (PORTLAND)
(DOC) Fred Nemo tells his story, from the riches of his youth to the years he has spent as dancer for the band Hazel.
14 Minutes

Following the shorts program, the celebration moves on over to the (former) Broadway Multiplex at 1000 SW Broadway.  Once there, belly up to the concession stand for delicious Sierra Nevada beer, Honest Tea, and food, and don’t miss the opportunity to introduce yourself to the dazzling array of talented Northwest filmmakers who will be on hand.  Our Opening Night party will feature live music from Boise, Idaho’s The Dirty Moogs.

Our Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

SHORTS I screens Friday, November 8 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) as the Opening Night selection of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.  It also screens on Sunday, November 10 at 8:45pm and Thursday, November 14 at 7pm at McMenamins’ Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan).

Admission to the Opening Night party at the Broadway Multiples is $5; free for Opening Night Shorts I ticket holders and festival pass holders. Ages 21+. Tickets are available here or at the door.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

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